UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday, March 15 to Friday, March 19 is Spring Break. There will be no school.
  • Tuesday, April 13 is SAT (11th grade).
  • Thursday, April 15 is PSAT (10th & 9th grade).
  • Friday, April 23 is CMAS (11th grade).
INTRODUCING MR. DAN HOFFMAN, HEAD OF SCHOOL
Dan Hoffman grew up on the south side of Chicago before attending Occidental College in Los Angeles. Since graduating, Dan has lived and worked in many cities and countries around the globe. He has worked with high school students for over 13 years. Dan started his career leading students on wilderness adventures and service-learning trips in India and Ecuador. Eventually, he moved into classroom teaching, instructing classes across the Humanities from Entrepreneurship to AP US History. For five years Dan lived and worked with high school students at a boarding school in Estes Park, Colorado where he was a House Parent and Social Studies and English teacher. Most recently, Dan was the High School Director at STEM School Highlands Ranch. 

Dan is passionate about making learning relevant and meaningful for high school students while simultaneously preparing them for their next steps in life. Dan is excited about the mission of Colorado Early Colleges and making sure every student, no matter who they are, is given the best chance to pursue their passions and their goals. 

When Dan isn't working he is busy teaching his five-year-old daughter and two-year-old son how to bike and swim. 

Dan will start at Colorado Early Colleges Parker as Head of School after spring break this year and is excited to meet students, parents, and teachers. 
GRADUATING SENIORS REMINDER: Applying for Graduation!
If you are graduating with an associate degree from ACC, don't forget to apply for graduation by MARCH 15 by clicking here.
SPRING BREAK RESOURCES
If you are concerned that your student may be experiencing changes in their mood or
experiencing suicidal behaviors or thoughts, please remember to:
  • Stay with the student until you are sure they are safe.
  • If there is an immediate threat to your student or other students, call 911.

Local Immediate Crisis Resources:
  • Colorado Crisis Services Line, 1-844-493-TALK (8255): This 24/7 toll-free hotline is available 365 days a year for anyone affected by a mental health, substance use or emotional crisis. All calls are connected to a mental health professional that will provide immediate support and connections to further resources.
  • Crisis Text Service: Anyone can text the word TALK to 38255 anytime, from anywhere in Colorado about any type of crisis. This feature is available 24/7. Visit Home - Colorado Crisis Services for more information.
  • Colorado Crisis Walk-In Locations: Walk-in crisis service locations are open 24/7 and offer confidential, in-person crisis support, information and referrals to anyone who needs it. Walk-in locations can be found on the Colorado Crisis Services website at ColoradoCrisisServices.org.
  • Crisis Chat Service: On ColoradoCrisisServices.org, individuals can chat with specialists for online emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide assessments. This feature is available from 4 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
  • Safe2Tell: Call 877-542-7233, text S2T to 274637, download Safe2Tell app, or visit S2T CO | Make a Call. Make a Difference (safe2tell.org)
  • (National) Suicide/Crisis Lifeline: 800-273-8255

ADVISING APPOINTMENTS!
We are starting advising on Monday, March 22. Click on your advisor’s name below to schedule an appointment:
BINAXNOW COVID TESTS
We are excited to announce that the State of Colorado has allocated BinaxNOW Rapid Point-of-Care Antigen COVID-19 tests to Colorado Early Colleges. These tests can be used to detect COVID-19 and will be available to students and staff at CEC. Written parental consent will be required prior to a student being tested.  If a student or staff member is exhibiting symptoms or it has been at least 5 days since they have been exposed to COVID-19, they are eligible to take the BinaxNOW test to help identify a positive case.  BinaxNOW tests are not as sensitive as PCR tests and may miss an active COVID-19 infection. A follow-up PCR test is recommended to confirm a negative test result if an individual is reporting symptoms, has a known exposure to COVID-19, or lives/has traveled to an area with high rates of COVID-19.  The BinaxNOW tests are a great tool in our tool belt to help keep our staff and students safe and remain in-person for learning. Please reach out to Ashley Bose, our CEC Douglas County school nurse, with any questions or concerns (ashley.bose@coloradoearlycolleges.org).  
SOURCES OF STRENGTH: Paw-sitive Friends!
This month, Sources of Strength is highlighting the strength of Positive Friends through our Paw-sitive Friends campaign! Having positive and supportive friends is extremely important. According to verywellmind.com, positive friendships can help you beat stress and build your confidence! Especially right now it is important to build and have healthy friendships. Read more reasons how healthy friendships can improve your wellbeing here.

Send Ms. Kaylee a picture of your paw-sitive friend to hang up around the school, or comment a picture in the all school teams post if you are a remote student! Are you looking to make new friend? Reach out to Ms. Kaylee with some of your hobbies and interests to be connected with a human friend!
WISH WEEK CLOSING CEREMONY
Thank you to the Student Council for putting on an amazing Wish Week! We know it was not easy during the pandemic, but they worked really hard to bring you all a fun week and raise money for Layton. Thank you also to everyone that participated in the events, donations, and sales. If you did not get to participate or donate and want to, you can still donate here.

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We need more photos for the yearbook! We know that this year has been different than we expected but we still want pictures to show how you spent the school year. School from home, extracurriculars, leisure time, how to pass the time in COVID, etc- we want all of it, and we'll sort through what we get!

Uploading Photos:
  • Go to: https://images.schoolannualonline.com/login
  • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 415474309
  • Photo or image files must be .jpg, .tif, or .png files. Check out free online services to convert your files into one of these types
  • Image Resolution must be at least 300 dpi. This can be found by right clicking an image on your computer and choosing properties. Then viewing the details tab.
  • Pixels to Inches Chart
  • RGB file format (do not convert to CMYK).
  • Maximum file size is 50MB.
  • Maximum file name length is 20 characters. Use only numbers and letters.
  • Maximum resolution is 10000 x 10000 pixels.
  • Scanned photos or artwork must be at least 400-500 dpi.
  • Applications such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint do not produce high enough resolution documents or images.
Deadline for submitting photos is March 31, 2021. All photos will be reviewed by yearbook staff.

Senior Photos: Senior portraits should be uploaded through that same link. Yearbook staff will review the photo and reach out if there are any questions or additional information needed.

Yearbook Orders: Yearbooks are now available for purchase! Click here to order. All yearbook orders must be placed online by 3/31/2021.
COLLEGE & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Questbridge: College Prep Scholars Program
Amazing scholarships and awards for outstanding high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. This can include full scholarships to summer programs at Yale, UChicago, and Emery, up to $1000 for a new laptop, access to the Questbridge Conference, and guidance on college applications, essays, and the Questbridge Match full-ride scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 24. To find out if you are eligible and apply for free, visit questbridge.org.

Financial Aid Literacy Mini-Series
CU Denver K-12 Outreach will be hosting various virtual events for those interested in financial literacy. They are here to help students, parents, high school partners, and the community with navigating the daunting task of preparing for college and securing funding to help pay for their education. Financial Literacy also includes learning to be financially capable as a student and throughout life. Click here for more information or to sign up.
  • Special Circumstance: Appeal, Appeal, Appeal - Thursday, March 18 at 5:30 PM
  • Cost of Attendance and Awards Notices - Thursday, March 25 at 5:30 PM
  • Understanding Federal student and parent loans - Thursday, April 1 at 5:30 PM
  • Financial Fitness: Budget and saving for college and beyond - Thursday, April 8 at 5:30 PM
  • Financial Fitness: Building and Maintaining your Credit and credit score - Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 PM
  • Ballin’ on a budget - Thursday, April 22 at 5:30 PM

CU Denver Admitted Student Days
For seniors who have been accepted to CU Denver for summer or fall, come connect with students and faculty and learn about the wide variety of opportunities at CU Denver!
  • March 13, 2021
  • The event will occur over Zoom from 12pm – 2:45pm
  • Sign up today!
Big Future Virtual College Fairs
Whether you’ve already started your college search or have no idea where to begin, we want to connect you with colleges that might be a good fit for you. BigFuture™ Days gives you a chance to get information about multiple colleges from college admissions officers and current college students.
Here are five reasons to attend BigFuture Days:
1.     Explore colleges in a way that’s informative but not overwhelming.
2.     Connect directly with colleges to get answers to your questions and show your interest in attending.
3.     Get answers to your college questions from college advisors via live Q&A sessions.
4.     Take key college planning steps like searching for colleges and exploring scholarships.
5.     Join these free events from a computer or mobile device. 
Explore your college options in each region—attend any or all of these events. Go to cb.org/bigfuturedays to register and learn more!

CU Boulder, CSU, DU, and School of Mines Admissions Webinar
Thursday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m. OR Monday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. Register Here
During these sessions, you will receive quick updates from each school (Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Denver). You'll then have the opportunity to ask a panel of admissions professionals any and every question that may be on your mind about the admissions process and the state of Colorado.

Women in Construction Management Virtual Summer Institute
  • For 15 to 18 year-olds
  • Half-day VIRTUAL sessions
  • Build your confidence!
  • Meet successful women from industry
  • Explore career opportunities in the construction industry
  • Engage with student mentors while learning new and exciting things
  • Must have access to computer or laptop & reliable internet
The application deadline is March 15. Access testimonials, past photos, and the application here: cm.colostate.edu/wcm

Colorado Virtual Career Fair
Colorado students can connect live with professionals representing all 17 career clusters, and multiple ethnicities, backgrounds, and parts of Colorado. The fair will be from April 19-22. To view the schedule, register for the fair, and get more information visit youthcareerfair.org.

ACC Career Workshops

ACC Pathway Events
  • Women of Influence Panel of Alumni and Instructors Tuesday, March 23, 12pm RSVP here
  • Public Services Pathway Career Week, March 23 & 24 RSVP here
  •  Pre-Health Panels
  • March 31: Careers in Nursing! RSVP Here
  • April 7: Careers in Medicine: MD, DO, PA, NP RSVP Here
  • April 14: Careers in Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assisting RSVP Here
  • April 21: Careers in Laboratory Technology and Medical Assisting RSVP Here 
Senior Scholarship List
We will now be posting scholarships that we find on our advising college guide! Click here to access the full list of scholarships.
  • Dawson Memorial Scholarship
  • Rotary University Hills Scholarship
  • Women’s Energy Network of Colorado Scholarship
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
  • Grossman Scholarship
  • Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship
  • MSU Denver Mentorship Scholarship - contact Julia Volzke

Scholarship Resources for All Grades
Did you know that it is never too early to start applying for scholarships? High School Freshmen to College Seniors should always be on the look out for different scholarship opportunities.

Here are some resources to help get you started:
CLUB MEETINGS
Interact/Young Rotary
Interact/Young Rotary is a service organization sponsored by the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club here in Parker. We organize fundraisers and other service events that benefit the school, the community, and the world. To learn more join us at our weekly meetings on Friday afternoons!

Meeting Times: Fridays at 1pm
Meeting Style: Virtual (email Ms. Hedberg for link)
Club Sponsor: Tara Hedberg

Ethics Bowl Club
Ethic Bowls are competitive yet collaborative events in which students discuss real-life ethical issues. In each round of competition, teams take turns analyzing cases about complex ethical dilemmas and responding to questions and comments from the other team and from a panel of judges. An ethics bowl differs from a debate competition in that students are not assigned opposing views; rather, they defend whichever position they think is correct, provide each other with constructive criticism, and win by demonstrating that they have thought rigorously and systematically about the cases and engaged respectfully and supportively with all participants. If you would like to join the team, please e-mail Dr. Rhodes at ruth.rhodes@coloradoearlycolleges.org.

Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8am
Meeting Style: Virtual (email Dr. Rhodes for link)
Club Sponsor: Ruth Rhodes
Medical Club
This club is a great opportunity for anyone interested in healthcare and learning more about the medical field, as well as being involved in the school!
 
Previously, we’ve planned events such as breast cancer awareness month, blood drives, and a winter formal/informal dance. We plan to continue staying an active part of the schools community even through COVID-19. 
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